Diploma Programme (DP)

Diploma Programme (DP)

The IB Diploma Programme at GIS supports students to gain the required skills and knowledge that will prepare them for professional life, university and beyond. 

GIS students will:

  • be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
  • take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
  • become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
  • be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.

The IB Diploma Programme is rigorous, it is a challenge. Students are stimulated intellectually, there are lots of opportunities for critical thinking and research. It is a two-year-programme and leads to a qualification that is accepted at thousands of universities across the world. To undertake the IB Diploma Programme students must be motivated, academically able to study in class and in their own time. The programme requires students to commit to deadlines for assignments and all other requirements. However, there are many rewards: the IB Diploma qualification is highly attractive to many universities, and the holistic nature of the Diploma Programme means students will receive a broad education that encourages them to be lifelong learners. The IB Diploma Course at GIS will be an enjoyable, enriching and rewarding experience and we look forward to you joining us on this incredible journey. 

Academic Program 

As a private, co-educational day school, we offer three International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). 

Following the UAE’s educational guidelines, all students must take Arabic until the end of Grade 9, while students who are citizens of Arabic-speaking countries are required to study Arabic until graduation. Muslim students study Islamic Education as part of their academic schedule through the end of grade 12. 
The language of instruction at the school is English. Students in Grades 9-12 follow a university-preparatory program culminating in the IB’s Full Diploma or Diploma Courses (certificate) programme. Graduates also receive a CIS-accredited GIS high school diploma. 

We offer 18 higher level (HL) and 23 standard level (SL) IB class options. Students choosing the mother tongue School-Supported and Self-Taught language option have the possibility of earning a Bilingual Diploma. 

High School Diploma Requirements 

To be awarded a GIS high school diploma, a student must score 3 or higher in all DP courses and complete all Community, Activity & Service (CAS) requirements. 

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) at GIS 

The DP is a demanding university preparatory programme that leads to external exams. It is designed for highly motivated students in their final two years of school. The DP curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, intercultural understanding, research skills and community service. Almost 90% of GIS students in Grades 11 & 12 are enrolled in the DP, with the remainder enrolled in the Diploma Courses (certificate) programme. 

A bilingual diploma is awarded to candidates who complete and receive a grade 3 or higher in two languages selected from the DP course studies in language and literature. 

Assessment Scheme 

GIS conforms to the IB Diploma Programme system with grades ranging from 7 (high) to 1 (low), with the exception of TOK and EE which are reported A (high) to E (low). The TOK and EE components are awarded individual grades and, collectively, can contribute up to 3 additional points towards the overall Diploma score, for a maximum total of 45 points. CAS does not contribute to the points total, but authenticated participation is a requirement for the award of the diploma.

The assessment scheme is used for all internal and external assessments and on official transcripts. GIS only provides end-of-year grades on high school transcripts. Should a mid-year transcript be required for Grade 12 students, it will be noted that the grades are only preliminary (predicted). An updated transcript with final grades will be provided at the end of Grade 12, following the release of IB exam scores in early July. 

Class of 2019 

GIS graduated its first cohort of 25 students in May 2019. Twenty-one students were enrolled in the full IB Diploma, with a sixty-two percent passing rate. Our average passing score was 30.1, higher than the global average. Subject average passing grades were 4.79, above the global average of 4.76. Four students completed the IB Courses Certificate. 
Of students choosing to access higher education, 86% were directly admitted to degree programs, and 14% were admitted to foundation programs. 
Class of 2019 University Acceptances and Matriculation 


The Hurst Campus Chef School**
University of the Witwatersrand**


Jutendo University
Sophia University
St. Luke’s International University**
Teikyo University 


University of Sydney
University of Technology, Sydney 


American Business School of Paris 
Anglo-American University 
Dresden University
EU Business School Barcelona**
EU Business School Geneva 
Freie Universitat Berlin* /**
The Hague University of Applied Sciences
Hanze University of Applied Science 
IFM Geneva 
Leiden University 
University of Groningen**
University of Twente 
University of Warsaw**
University of Wroclaw
Vienna University
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam** 

North America 

Houston Community College 
Lonestar Community College** 
McGill University**

Middle East and North Africa 

American University of Beirut**
American University of Cairo**
German University of Cairo 
Middlesex University, Dubai (2)** 

United Kingdom

Anglia Ruskin University 
Cardiff University
City, University of London 
INTO Exeter University* / **
INTO Manchester* / **
King’s College London 
Kingston University London 
London Metropolitan University 
Middlesex University 
Newcastle University 
Nottingham University 
Queen Mary University 
Royal Holloway London**
University College London 
University of Bath
University of Birmingham
University of Essex
University of Hertfordshire 
University of Leicester
University of Manchester**
University of Nottingham
University of Portsmouth
University of Surrey**
University of the West of England, Bristol**
University of West London 
University of Westminster


*Foundation program



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